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June 2, 2016
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Monocle on Books in Translation

On the latest Monocle 24 Culture show, host Robert Bound discusses the recent rise in translated fiction with Anne Meadows, commissioning editor at Portobello and Granta, and Lisette Verhagen, foreign-rights agent at David Godwin Associates, while Andrew Mueller talks to Deborah Smith, Man Booker International Prize-winning … Continue reading

March 28, 2016
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On the Media: Print is Back, Back Again

In a special report, WNYC’s On the Media recently took a look at the publishing industry and print books. It covers a lot of ground — including the subversive history of adult colouring books, Amazon’s bricks-and-mortar bookstore, and South Korea’s quest for a … Continue reading

March 11, 2016
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Design Matters with Tobias Frere-Jones

On the subject of typography, I missed type designer Tobias Frere-Jones on Design Matters with Debbie Millman at the end of last year:

November 19, 2014
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Hazlitt Interview with Peter Mendelsund

Book designer and author Peter Mendelsund discusses his books Cover and What We See When We Read with Christopher Frey for the Hazlitt podcast:

October 20, 2014
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Design Matters with Tom Geismar

Kicking off a new season of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to pioneer of American graphic design Tom Geismar about how the practice of design has changed since the 1950s:

March 21, 2014
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Design Matters with Irma Boom

Book designer Irma Boom spoke to Debbie Millman recently about her work for Design Matters:

December 20, 2013
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Joe Sacco on Bookworm

Following on from my post yesterday, Joe Sacco talks about his new book The Great War with Michael Silverblatt on Bookworm: KCRW Bookworm: Joe Sacco The Great War mp3

December 4, 2013
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Barbara Epstein, David Levine, and Graydon Carter on Magazine Publishing

Monday’s edition of CBC Radio show Ideas featured Michael Enright in conversation with the New York Review of Book‘s co-founder Barbara Epstein, caricaturist David Levine, and long-time Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter: CBC Radio IDEAS: Barbara Epstein/David Levine/Graydon Carter mp3

October 22, 2013
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Design Matters with Chip Kidd

Kicking off a new season Design Matters, designer and art director Chip Kidd in conversation with Debbie Millman:

May 27, 2013
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Writers & Company: John le Carré

CBC Radio’s Writers & Company have broadcast a brand new interview with John le Carré:  CBC Writers and Company: John le Carre 2013 mp3 Writers & Company

February 25, 2013
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Design Matters with Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich

Designer Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich interviewed by Debbie Millman for Design Matters. Wonderful stuff: Roberto’s most recent book Men of Letters & People of Substance is published by Godine:  

January 6, 2013
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Robert Hughes on Writers and Company

Earlier today, CBC Writers and Company repeated Eleanor Wachtel’s 2006  conversation with Robert Hughes, the Australian art critic and historian. He spoke with Wachtel about his memoir, Things I Didn’t Know. Hughes died in August 2012, age 74:   CBC Radio Writers … Continue reading

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